Posted On: 06/18/16 12:59 PM
We sound like a broken record, but again, Grinnell’s Sam Allen erupted for a game-high 32 points, yet again his Tigers lost. The shorthanded Grinnell squad dropped to 1-3 on the weekend. But Sam Allen has been the best player here. Ballard was led by 2018 point guard Trey Drummond, who scored 17 second half points, and could blossom into a star next season with the Bombers. Ballard has a solid group of experienced, smart, and skilled guards – it’ll be a tough out next season.
Fort Dodge’s Solomon Clayton was the best player on the floor, and thoroughly impressive, but his Dodgers fell to a DC-G squad led by gritty wing Steve Borneman. The Mustangs got off to a very hot start, shooting the lights out early, and though the Dodgers would get close — behind a dominant 22 point effort from Clayton — they could never get over the hump. Borneman will be the main man in Grimes next season, he finished with a team-high 18 points, and impressed on both ends of the floor.
Once again newly minted Roosevelt center Cade Moritz — a transfer from Norwalk — was dominant, pouring in a game-high 21 points, and swatting a slew of blocks while leading his Roughriders to a five point win over a very good Ballard squad. Others who impressed were Ballard’s sharpshooting duo of Tyler Ihle and Max Stoltz — those two might make more 3s than any duo in the state next season. And Roosevelt 2019 Jamie Spinks is an incoming sophomore poised to make a major impact with the Riders next season – he finished with 14 points.
Collin Hill poured in a game-high 16 points, and his little brother Conner Hill chipped in with 8 while leading the Hawks to a 14 point shellacking of Solomon Clayton’s (15 points) Dodgers. Wes Wynkoop transferred into South Hamilton last season and looks like he could be an impact player as a junior next season with the Hawks, he scored 10 points in this one. Marco Balderas wasn’t needed for scoring in this one, he netted just five points. But his savvy, IQ, and court-awareness were again on full-display, he could be one of the state’s leaders in assists next season.
Dowling jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind two 3s from Iowa’s 3rd-ranked 2018 Sam Ingoli. But it was short-lived, and the Eagles went into halftime with a 30-24 lead. That lead would balloon to 12 by midway through the second half, but then the Maroons upped their intensity and started playing with some fire. The 12 point Eagles lead quickly evaporated, and with 3 minutes to play it was Dowling which held a 10 point advantage. Levi Jungling — who scored a team-high 20 points — would score six points in 20 seconds with one minute left to play, cutting the deficit to just four. But Ingoli hit some clutch free-throws to ice it for the Maroons.